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Genesis 11:27-13:18 & 1 Cor 13:9-

The Genesis account Try to answer the questions marked with an asterisk * in
tells of Abraham’s early each or in one section.
journey –
1. There is a background to Abram’s faith – see Acts 7:2-5 – what part did
In places: his father play in his progress? (11:30; 12:5) How does our background
Ur – Haran – Shechem inform our pilgrimage?
Ai – Egypt – Hebron 2. What other family influences were there in Abram’s progress? (11:31)
(12:11 13:6+11) *
And altars: 3. In Abram’s early journeys there were six places – but only three altars.
What does that say about his progress? (12:7 12:8 13:4 13:18)
4. Even the greatest of believers are derailed by crisis and learn to come
Shechem back. How is this illustrated in these chapters? *
Ai & 5. Abram’s detour is repeated later in Genesis (Ch.20) – what does this tell
Hebron us (a) about his family’s influence on his progress, and (b) about his
particular weakness in this regard?
What can we learn from 6. At what points in the narrative does God speak to Abram – and why? *
7. Altars are the stepping stones to spiritual progress : what is the
the early life of a great
significance of each of the three altars. [See question 3 for reff.] *
spiritual nomad? 8. Someone has said that the physical presence of these altars in Canaan
was a witness to the surrounding peoples. Do you agree – and how do
they mark out Abram’s God given territory?
Paul sets out some 9. What other altar in the story of Abram has to be included?
principles of progress in
1 Corinthians 13.
1. Everything changes (v8) – what remains constant? (13) *
In three statements he 2. In which direction does spiritual progress move? (9) and (11) *
reminds us of the three 3. What are the certainties of spiritual progress? (9,11,12,13) *
hallmarks of real 4. The growing pains of spiritual development – what are the three aspects
Christian progress: of my life that are to be marked by spiritual maturity? (v11) *
5. What do the verses say to the believer who is facing difficulty? (12) *
6. In how many different ways can you render the meaning of “through a
Progress is . . . glass darkly” – the AV of verse 12? Be creative. If necessary consult
other translations.
. . .Certain (9,10) 7. Compare Paul’s teaching with the experience of Abram. A journey
. . .Maturity (11) marked by peril and uncertainty, diversion and coming back; places
. . .Clarity (12) visited and altars erected. How does Abram’s story illustrate Paul’s
8. In what ways did Abram see only “a poor reflection as in a mirror”? See
The background to all Hebrews 11:8-10.
such progress is LOVE. 9. How does love influence a child’s growth – and spiritual growth?
Compare the effect of love in family life with love in the Christian life.
How should that love be evident in church growth?

Bristol Road Baptist Church – Group Bible Study Notes – 25 May 2008 – David A. Green